Secondary Transition from High School to Adulthood & Self-Advocacy


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The Best Me I Can Be five film modules show how involving students in the IEP process increases student engagement, empowers students to achieve their goals, and prepares youth to successfully transition to adulthood.


Transition Tools for Life
A workbook and guide to adult life for individuals, students, and families.


Competitive Integrated Employment Toolkit
A toolkit that includes effective practices for preparing students for competitive integrated employment by providing transition services collaboratively. 


Career Pathways
A list of work-based learning opportunities and descriptions.


Twelve Ideas to Promote Employment for Youth with Disabilities:  An Introduction to the SSI Youth Solutions Project
A report by Mathematica for the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disaiblity Employment Policy on transition from school to adulthood for youth freceiving SSI-Supplemental Security Income.


Your Accommodation Request was Denied:  What Now?
Strategies for people with disabilities whose employers have turned down their request for job accommodation.


My Child with Disabilities is Turning 18, What Steps do I Need to Consider?
log article on SSI and future planning from Rubin Law: A Professional Corporation - Special Needs Legal & Future Planning



PACER Center Project Launch

Information on career exploration, employment, and vocational rehabilitation for youth and young adults with disabilities.


PACER Center Students and Young Adults

Information to help youth develop self-advocacy skills and gain a better understanding of how to more effectively participate to increase success in the classroom, at home, and in the community. 


Illinois DHS Employment First      

Information on the law requiring competitive and integrated employment as the first option for persons with disabilities of working age.


National RAISE Center-the National Resources for Access, Independence, Self-Advocacy and Employment Center

Resources that increase capacity for serving youth and young adults with disabilities and their families.


NCWD-National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth

Works to ensure that transition age youth are provided full access to high quality services in integrated settings to gain education, employment and independent living.


JAN- The Job Accommodation Network
Offers guidance on job accommodations and disability employment issues.


CAPE - Youth - Center for Advancing Policy on Employment for Youth
Seeks to improve employemnt outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities by helping states build capacity in their youth serviced delivery and workforce systems. (Resource tab includes information valuable to families.)


DIAL - Disability Information and Access Line (888)677-1199
Connects callers to independent living resources such as accessible transportation.


NTACT-National Technical Assistance Center on Transition

Tools for effective services and instruction for students and out-of-school youth with disabilities.


Illinois Self-Advocacy Alliance

The Alliance is a statewide network of self-advocates, advocacy groups and allies in Illinois.


Self-Advocacy Online        

Includes information on Employment First, decision-making, public benefits, and relationships.


The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities

NACDD is the national association for the 56 Councils on Developmental Disabilities (DD Councils) across the United States and its territories. The DD Councils support programs that promote self-determination, integration and inclusion for all people with developmental disabilities.  The website includes self-advocacy resources.


Estate Planning Checklist

This checklist includes information on trusts, wills, estates, and medical directives.



Think College (For Persons with Disabilities)

Best Colleges (Resources for Students with Disabilities)

EDsmart Winning In College: A Guide for Students with Disabilities

Accredited Online Colleges